Rise of the Tomb Raider’s PC launch gets a number of graphical enhancements

Now that it’s Xbox exclusivity has ended, Square Enix is happy to announce that Rise of the Tomb Raider is now available to download on the PC (through Steam). But co-developers Crystal Dynamics and Nixxes made sure to include a number of graphical enhancements to the game (including 4K resolution support) to better harness the greater processing power of the PC.

Here’s a list of all the high-end visual tricks that have been added to the PC version of Rise of the Tomb Raider:

  • HBAO+, an ambient occlusion technique which reduces artifacts and produces a richer and more details ambient lighting. Implemented through a partnership with Nvidia.
  • Anisotropic Filtering, which greatly enriches the quality of the textures in the distance when viewed from an angle.
  • Tessellation, which greatly enhances the detail of uneven surfaces in the ground, rocks, and bricks.
  • Dynamic Foliage, which takes previously static foliage and makes it react dynamically to Lara’s movements and weather effects.

Rise of the Tomb Raider players can also expand their game with the Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch expansion, which is now available to download on the Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC.

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